Our trip to Disney World

I know its been quite a while since I last posted. This may continue for a bit longer. I haven’t quit sewing; I just have not been posting about it lately. I will try to check in from time to time with things I think are worth sharing with you all. I did have a few requests to post my creations for my family’s recent trip to Disney World. So here are the 5 days worth of kids clothes I made for the trip! Whew! whole setThe majority of the blank shirts were purchased at Target or Wal-Mart and I added the appliques with my embroidery machine. I also did not sew any of the shorts my son is wearing in the photos below. I ran out of time and he had PLENTY already! I did make all the girls bottoms. I am pretty impressed with myself because we decided on the trip just a little over a month before we left and I only had 12 kid-free school days to plan the outfits and make them.

The kids were just as excited about the plane ride as they were about
going to Disney World!
daddy and naomi in the plane maya and calder in the plane








On day 1, we arrived at our hotel around noon and headed to the Magic Kingdom. The kids wore their Frozen outfits. The girls chose Elsa appliques and Calder chose Olaf. elsa on girls The pants were made using Create Kids Couture’s new Raelyn’s Triple Ruffle Bow Shorts pattern.elsa close up The Elsa applique design is from CuteByKira and the Olaf design is from AppliqueCandy. I am so in love with using glitter sheets!OLAF Of course, we had to stop for a Dole Whip! Yum! Maya with pinapple ice cream
On day 2, we headed to Epcot and the kids wore their Mickey and Minnie shirts. The Mouse head appliques are from Blastostitch. The monogram is from Hang to Dry. I accidentally put Calder’s Mickey too low so I added the “Meeska Mooska” above it using a Blastostitch Disney font. The shorts are Whimsy Couture Ruffle Shorts pattern. They are really easy to make and the pattern comes with optional belt loops and a pocket. I will try adding those next time.mickey heads 2 Epcot is my favorite park and I think the kids really had a blast too! Maya with shark naomi panda fireworks
On day 3, we went to Hollywood Studios. They wore shirts with their first initial on them.MGM Outfits The skirts have a surprise.They are actually skorts! I used the easy to sew 5 Berries Isabella skort pattern. SKORT The shirts’ alpha applique is also from Hang to Dry. c shirt We also got to meet Jake. It was one of Calder’s favorite moments! with Jake
Day 4 was my girls’ 5th Birthday! We decided to head back to the Magic Kingdom to celebrate. birthday outfits in front of castle The shorts are from The Mean Princess whose Etsy shop is currently closed but you can send them a request to notify you if she decides to reopen it. The applique is from DaisySproutsDesigns. Naomi was so excited to have a shirt with a unicorn drawn carriage on it. Calder’s shirt was inspired by a super cute Prince Charming costume I saw on Etsy. The shop has been removed but she does have a Facebook page here. Hopefully she will reopen it because her shirts are wonderful! prince charmingThe girl’s had a great birthday! A little rain didn’t stop the fun. teacups It also made for a beautiful backdrop for the castle.castle
Day 5 was spent at the Animal Kingdom. It was VERY wet. bucky on CalderI didn’t get a lot of good photos of the kids in their outfits.We spent most of the day sprinting from shelter to shelter and we all were soaked! Calder’s Bucky applique is from Glizystiches. He loves this shirt and requested to wear it again to school today!bucky close up The girls wore tops with deer appliques from DBembroideryDesigns. deer Their shorts are from Little Kiwis Closet. I just love the little bow details on the sides! short bow sides We had an awesome time and are looking forward to our next trip back in a few years.At least I have a little more time to plan their outfits. 😉


Holiday Dresses

I haven’t been very good about updating my blog recently. I apologize to anyone missing my posts! Most of my sewing these past months has been for Christmas presents and I can’t share them yet. I don’t want to ruin the surprises for my family! I promise I will share them all after Christmas.

I can finally share the girls Christmas dresses however!  I actually finished them a few months ago, but I wanted to wait until it was closer to Christmas to post them. Here you go….

girls by tree

I used Create Kids Couture’s Violettes dress pattern. Those swirls were a LOT of work but they just screamed “peppermint” at me and I decided to use the pattern for their holiday dresses.

The bodice seemed a bit empty, so I decided to add an applique. I wanted it to mimic the swirls of the skirt, so I created a miniature version of them to use as the fabric. The letters are Hang to Dry’s Every Day Applique Alpha.


The girls’ favorite part of the dresses is that they are great for twirling. So great, I think I am going to have to whip up some bloomers before Christmas! Oops!

maya spinning

Trista’s Sew-Along

Wooooo Hoooooo!

Its time for another sew-along!!!  Lets dance!


It has been a few months since I had the opportunity to participate in a sew-along. It seemed every time one came up I was out of town, so I was excited when the chance to participate in one using one of Create Kids Couture’ new fall releases, Trista’s Knit pixie T-shirt.

I fell in love with the pattern the moment I saw it. The hood is so quirky and fun, I knew I had to have the pattern for my girls. I love how it twists down into a point!

hood from behind

Plus it is pretty cute from the front too.

N with hood

m in hood

There are several options with the pattern. You can make it without the hood or add short sleeves or go sleeveless. They also suggest a few different ways to finish the seams and edges. I tried my first lettuce edge! In fact, I can only think of a couple of other times I have ever attempted to sew with knits, so the whole outfit was a bit outside of my normal comfort zone. Luckily, CKC’s patterns are always easy to follow and I had nothing to fear. In fact, I never used my sewing machine at all! I made both tops using only my serger (but you can do it with a sewing machine too if you don’t have one)!

n sniffing flower

Although these shirts would be adorable just paired with jeans, I had some leftover fabric that was just begging to be made into matching skirts. I had recently discovered the Cascading Ruffle Skirt tutorial by Lil Blue Boo and I had to try it. It was very simple to construct. The hardest part was cutting out all those kidney bean shaped pieces of fabric! I think they turned out pretty sweet in the end!

skirt closeup

School Picture Day

When I picked up the kids Monday afternoon from preschool, they had stickers on their back to let me know the next day was picture day. Of course, I wanted to make something special for the girls to wear. Maya has been begging me to make her something out of the “bad wolf” fabric (otherwise known as Micheal Miller’s Les Amis – Dawn Collection) and I chose Create Kids Couture’s Molly’s Faux Apron Peasant Dress for the pattern.

maya in mollys

I picked the pattern thinking it would be simple, quick, and easy. It was, but I didn’t get them done in time… or so I thought!  After I gave up for the evening, I checked my email and found out their class wouldn’t be photographed for two more days. Yippee! I even found the time to make a couple of matching headbands using FooFoo Threads ruched headband pattern.

dandelion 1

dandelion 2

dandelion 3

Naomi says “make a wish!” My wish is that they follow the photographer’s directions better than mine today!

My Little Matryoshka Dolls

I know it’s been a long while since I last posted. Life caught up with me and sewing had to take a back seat the last few weeks. When I could find the time to sew, I spent it on new school outfits for the girls. I finally finished them last night!

girls leaning on wall

The bottoms are the Bridgette’s Palazzo Pants pattern by Create Kids Couture. It is a great beginner pattern. It is really easy to follow and the pants came together quickly. The pattern goes up to a girls’ size 8 so I know I will be using it a lot in the future. I wonder how hard it would be to make a pair for myself? 

The top is the Cassidy pattern by FooFoo Threads. It is an intermediate pattern and it kind of kicked my butt. I finally completed the tops however and I ended up with my first fully lined pieces! I am pretty proud of them.

maya top

naomi top

I have a feeling someone will ask about the fabric since it is just too cute! The Matryoshka Doll fabric is from JoAnns. The red print fabric I found in the clearance section so it may be a bit harder to locate. I am sorry, I do not know the name or the designer. The solid red is Kona Cotton Cardinal.

N leg out

The girls really had fun with this photo shoot even though I made them do it twice!. I took photos this morning before school and just wasn’t happy with them, so we did it again when we got home. There were a few groans at first but I think the candy bribe helped. It definitely made them extra silly!

silly girls

Phoebe Sew-along and Auction

sew-alongIt is time for another sew-along post! This month’s sew-along had a very special cause. Her name is Phoebe. She is 4 years old,  the same age as my own daughters. Phoebe is battling Leukemia and Create Kids Couture’s created a pattern named after her. The profits from the Phoebe pattern go to her family for her medical costs and care. Please take a minute and visit the link to the pattern to read more about her.

Starting today, CKC is holding an auction to raise more funds for Phoebe’s care! Some of the ladies in the sew-along donated their own creations made from the Phoebe pattern.

The auction is being held on Create Kids Couture’s Facebook page.

You can go directly to the auction photos here.

Please visit and bid on these beautiful one of a kind dresses and help out sweet little Phobe.

For those interested in buying the pattern and making one of your own, the dress is fun and very easy to make. As usual, CKC created another great pattern for beginners that can be completed pretty quickly. During the sew-along we did just a few steps each day.

First we made the straps.


Then we pieced together the skirt and added the ruffle.

stripwork and ruffle

I decided since the dress was for auction, I wanted a nicer way to finish the seams. I used french seams since I don’t own a serger. They were not all that difficult and I think they turned out nicely!

french seams

Then, we finished the bodice and added the straps.


Finally, we put them all together and finished up the dress.

Phoebe auction dress

I think the bow straps are so sweet.

bow detail

If you would like to bid on my dress, visit here and place a bid between 6 AM (PST) Monday, August 5th and midnight (PST) Wednesday, August 7th. Thanks for stopping by!

Boys Cargo Shorts

I feel like all I do is sew for my girls. There are so many cute girly patterns out there but boy clothes are pretty basic. To make it interesting, I decided to let my husband pick out a few fabrics for Calder. He chose a couple of Star Wars prints and I choose the Create Kids Couture Ethan’s Cargo Shorts pattern.

sw shortsCalder loves the velcro pocket.

pocketcalder 1 calder 2 calder 3 calder 4Poor kitty.

I thought the outfit needed a little something extra so I purchased this cute “Jedi in training” applique file from Blastostitch.com and added it to his red t-shirt.

jedi in training

Then, I found a Spiderman remnant at Hobby Lobby that was just enough for a second pair of shorts. The pattern is easy to follow and simple to make. By the time I got to the second pair, it only took me about an hour to complete them. I will probably make a few more before school starts back next month.

spidey shorts

These turned out to be his favorite.
Luckily, he already had the perfect shirt to match.

calder wearing spidey shorts